Day 6 of A Mother’s Perspective—Trusting God with a Sick Child
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27, NKJV).”
Jairus, the Jewish leader we read about in Mark chapter 5, was met with every parent’s greatest fear: his young daughter was dying. In that moment, Jairus did not care about what anyone thought or what anyone said—he was going to find Jesus and beg Him to save his daughter’s life.
He found himself at the edge of the Sea of Galilee, anxiously watching as a boat pulled into shore. Jesus was on that boat, and Jairus knew that this was his only opportunity for healing for his daughter. Most of the Jewish leaders at that time did not follow Jesus. In fact, they were angry at Him. But when Jairus was in his moment of greatest need, he knew the One person who could help him was Jesus. As soon as he could break through the crowd, Jairus fell at the feet of Jesus and begged Him to come heal his daughter. Jesus agreed, and they set off for Jairus’ house.
On the way, however, Jesus paused to heal a sick woman who had touched his garment. Poor Jairus must have been pacing back and forth, thinking that this interruption was wasting precious time! However, God’s plan is always perfect, even if we don’t see it that way. During this time, someone from Jairus’ house caught them on the road and delivered the news that Jairus had feared most: his daughter had died. They told Jairus that he didn’t need to bother Jesus anymore. But Jesus disagreed: He encouraged Jairus to not be afraid, but to believe. Instead of giving in to his fear, Jairus chose to put his trust in Jesus and they continued on their way. Outside of
Jairus’ home people were crying. When Jesus informed them that the girl was only sleeping, they laughed at Him. Clearly, they did not share Jairus’ faith in Jesus. Because of that, they were not invited to witness the miracle of Jesus raising the girl from the dead. When met with their greatest fear, Jairus and his wife put their trust in Jesus and were blessed because of it.
Fear can be crippling. It can cause even the strongest person to shut down and shut people out. If Jairus had chosen to let his fear rule his faith, he would have missed out on witnessing a miracle. Instead, he stopped at nothing in his belief that Jesus could heal his daughter.
Likewise, Jairus could have gotten frustrated and left when Jesus
stopped to the heal the sick woman on the way to his house. I’m sure Jairus would have preferred to keep going! But God’s timing is not always in sync with our timing. Because of Jairus patience and continued faith, he witnessed two miracles that day.
We have had the incredible privilege of witnessing miracles through our daughter, and I’m so thankful I didn’t let fear of the unknown keep me from witnessing God’s almighty power. We have seen firsthand what prayer can do and have felt His presence more times than we can count. And although that doesn’t come without pain and hardship, it’s an incredible thing to experience. Remember that Jairus first had to experience extreme pain before he could witness God’s miraculous power.
When we are met with our greatest fear, especially when it comes to the health and well-being of our children, may we remember that God can still provide us with peace. That He has a plan, even if we
don’t understand it. That He is still in control, and longs for us to have faith in Him.